small-list-digest Tuesday, June 30 1998 Volume 02 : Number 180



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - AIR CONDITIONING WOES AND SHOCK QS
Re: FTE Small - New to list, Unhappy Ranger owner
Re: FTE Small - New to list, Unhappy Ranger owner
Re: FTE Small - New to list, Unhappy Ranger owner
FTE Small - Posi traction for 2wd ranger
Re: FTE Small - New to list, Unhappy Ranger owner
Re: FTE Small - New to list, Unhappy Ranger owner
Re: FTE Small - Posi traction for 2wd ranger
FTE Small - 93 Explorer Factory Amp
FTE Small - water pumps
Re: FTE Small - Posi traction for 2wd ranger
FTE Small - Trailer wiring
Re: FTE Small - 93 Explorer Factory Amp
Re: FTE Small - New to list, Unhappy Ranger owner
Re: FTE Small - noisy 4th gear after clutch change
Re: FTE Small - Lights under the hood of a 98 explorer...
Re: FTE Small - Borla Exhaust Questions
Re: FTE Small - Borla Exhaust Questions
Re: FTE Small - AIR CONDITIONING WOES AND SHOCK QS

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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 06:54:19 EDT
From: Mudwizer aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - AIR CONDITIONING WOES AND SHOCK QS

your ac needs to be recharged and why did you lower your splash.....
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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 08:33:03 +0000
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - New to list, Unhappy Ranger owner

Linda d' Fan wrote:
>
> Hi I'm new to this list and have a couple of questions that probably have
> already been answered.
>
> First my truck is a 90 Ranger STX 4x4, 4.0L V6 Automatic with 60,000 miles
> on it.
>
> The problem, My truck, while under warranty had the heads replaced 2 times
> because of cracked heads, now here I am 2 yrs out of warranty and I've got
> another cracked head. This is obviously a MFG Defect (probably an untrue
> block deck I'd guess) 4 sets of heads in 60,000 miles??
>
> So my first question is, has anyone else had a similar experience?
>
> Next has Ford, to anyones knowledge, ever admitted to a problem with blocks
> in 4.0 liter engines? (1990 being the first year the 4.0 was available)
>
> Does anyone have a clue how to go about trying to get Ford to make this right?
>
> If all else fails and I have to eat this myself, does anyone have the
> particulars for swapping a V8 (5.0) into a 4 wheel drive Ranger as I'm not
> about to spend more money on this 4.0?
>

>From what I understand dropping in a 5.0 into the 4X4 is alot easier
than the 2wd do to more clearance vertically under the underhood. With a
two wheel drive there are some things that have to be changed.
Chris
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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 09:49:42 -0700
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: FTE Small - New to list, Unhappy Ranger owner

At 12:03 AM 6/29/98 -0500, you wrote:
>I've been told this can be caused by overheating of the engine
>(any engine & not just the 4.0). Have you ever had the cooling
>system checked?
>
>*DISCLAIMER*
>I'm not a mechanic. I occasionally work part-time in an auto-parts
>store & try to glean nuggets of wisdom off the counter-sitters.
>This is one of them. If you don't agree with it, fine, just don't
>yell at me, okay? :>
>

I would agree with this. Almost every case I've seen of a
cracked head was because of over-heating. I had it happen
to me once, during 20 degree weather! Ice plugged up the
radiator and the engine over heated.



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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 07:08:39 -0700 (PDT)
From: mark fitzgerald
Subject: Re: FTE Small - New to list, Unhappy Ranger owner

I've owned both a 4 wheel drive and a 2 wheel drive 5.0 Ranger. One
used motor mounts from advanced adapters while the other i fabricated.
all in all it was a pretty easy fit on both rangers. supposedly you
have to put a body lift in a two wheel drive ranger to get the engine
to fit. This is untrue. You just have to have your exhaust routed as
to not interfere with the firewall. Some chopping of the heater box is
necessary in both 2 and 4 wheel drives. Vertically there is no
difference in clearance b/t these two rangers.

Best regards,
Fitzy



> From what I understand dropping in a 5.0 into the 4X4 is alot easier
> than the 2wd do to more clearance vertically under the underhood.
With a
> two wheel drive there are some things that have to be changed.
> Chris
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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 10:26:17 -0400
From: "Troutbum"
Subject: FTE Small - Posi traction for 2wd ranger

Has anyone installed a posi traction device on their 2wd ranger? If so,
what kind did you use, where did you get it and how much should I plan on
spending to do this type of conversion? Thanks

Jeff and Amanda
lvmylabs erols.com
98 Passat GLS
95 Ranger XLT



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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 10:56:51 -0400
From: Daner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - New to list, Unhappy Ranger owner

>> If all else fails and I have to eat this myself, does anyone have the
>> particulars for swapping a V8 (5.0) into a 4 wheel drive Ranger as I'm not
>> about to spend more money on this 4.0?
>>
>
>From what I understand dropping in a 5.0 into the 4X4 is alot easier
>than the 2wd do to more clearance vertically under the underhood. With a
>two wheel drive there are some things that have to be changed.


I heard that if you are planning on 5.0L into a 4x4 ranger that you will
need F-150 parts to mate the 5.0L into the Ranger.
I will try and find the source that told me that and see what F-150 parts
specifically.
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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 10:58:45 -0400
From: Daner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - New to list, Unhappy Ranger owner

At 09:49 AM 6/29/98 -0700, Ken Payne wrote:
>At 12:03 AM 6/29/98 -0500, you wrote:
>>I've been told this can be caused by overheating of the engine
>>(any engine & not just the 4.0). Have you ever had the cooling
>>system checked?

>I would agree with this. Almost every case I've seen of a
>cracked head was because of over-heating. I had it happen
>to me once, during 20 degree weather! Ice plugged up the
>radiator and the engine over heated.


It does seem that the radiators in the Ranger are WAY too small!
I removed my rad from my 2.9L (since I'm dropping in a 5.0L) and it's
brutally small. Maybe FORD should address that.
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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 08:34:42 -0700 (PDT)
From: mark fitzgerald
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Posi traction for 2wd ranger

Since I'm so unsure of what you're going to use this ranger for, i'll
spell you out all your options. There's an air-activated ARB locker,
which is run off of a compressor and supplies posi when needed, and
open diff when not. Then there's various other lockers, i.e:
Lockright, Detroit Locker, etc. These lock up the wheels while
travelling in a straight line but gears inside allow the wheels to
spin at two different speeds for corners and paking lots. Then there's
spools. Usually steel or aluminum that bind the axle shafts together
within one carrier. Normally used for drag racing, these are
incredibly harsh on the road. The aluminum one isn't exactly durable
either. Lastly we have the backwoods fix which involves Lincoln
Locking the rear end. The name was adopted from a Lincoln welder I'd
imagine. Sockets and other miscellaneous items are welded into the
rear end to provide a sort of homemade posi carrier. Althogh only as
strong as the welds, it also proves harsh on the road. So, depending
what you want to do with your ranger dicatates what kind of locker you
ahould get. Hope i helped.

Best regards,
Fitzy





- ---Troutbum wrote:
>
> Has anyone installed a posi traction device on their 2wd ranger? If
so,
> what kind did you use, where did you get it and how much should I
plan on
> spending to do this type of conversion? Thanks
>
> Jeff and Amanda
> lvmylabs erols.com
> 98 Passat GLS
> 95 Ranger XLT
>
>
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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 12:00:25 EDT
From: testforecho1 juno.com (manny loinaz)
Subject: FTE Small - 93 Explorer Factory Amp

For those of you who have installed after market
radios,i need some info on the factory amp. I'm
not sure if this amp can be used with an after market
head unit. Local audio shops seem to have conflicting
answers. I've been told to bypass the amp and use the
head units amp. I've also been told that i can keep the
factory amp if i use a harness which convert the output
of the unit to signals that the factory amp can use.
Any info on this subject will be appreciated.

Thanks

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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 11:20:22 -0600
From: Karl Hock
Subject: FTE Small - water pumps

Does the 4.0L V-6 have a reputation for wearing out water pumps? I
replaced the original water pump at 78,000 miles with a new Ford pump, not
a rebuilt. That pump just went out at 109,000 miles. Just curious if I'm
having bad luck or if I should just buy the Ford fan clutch tools! Thanks.

Karl
'91 Ranger


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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 12:23:56 -0400
From: "Troutbm"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Posi traction for 2wd ranger

Thanks for the reply. My primary use of the vehicle is paved road driving.
I do however like to journey offroad whenever I get the chance. I realize
that with 2wd my truck will never be a true off road vehicle but I would
like to have a truck that will at least try to grip with both of the back
wheels instead of one always spinning away and not doing any good.

Jeff and Amanda
lvmylabs erols.com
98 Passat GLS
95 Ranger XLT


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From: mark fitzgerald
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Posi traction for 2wd ranger
Date: Monday, June 29, 1998 11:34 AM

Since I'm so unsure of what you're going to use this ranger for, i'll
spell you out all your options. There's an air-activated ARB locker,
which is run off of a compressor and supplies posi when needed, and
open diff when not. Then there's various other lockers, i.e:
Lockright, Detroit Locker, etc. These lock up the wheels while
travelling in a straight line but gears inside allow the wheels to
spin at two different speeds for corners and paking lots. Then there's
spools. Usually steel or aluminum that bind the axle shafts together
within one carrier. Normally used for drag racing, these are
incredibly harsh on the road. The aluminum one isn't exactly durable
either. Lastly we have the backwoods fix which involves Lincoln
Locking the rear end. The name was adopted from a Lincoln welder I'd
imagine. Sockets and other miscellaneous items are welded into the
rear end to provide a sort of homemade posi carrier. Althogh only as
strong as the welds, it also proves harsh on the road. So, depending
what you want to do with your ranger dicatates what kind of locker you
ahould get. Hope i helped.

Best regards,
Fitzy





- ---Troutbum wrote:
>
> Has anyone installed a posi traction device on their 2wd ranger? If
so,
> what kind did you use, where did you get it and how much should I
plan on
> spending to do this type of conversion? Thanks
>
> Jeff and Amanda
> lvmylabs erols.com
> 98 Passat GLS
> 95 Ranger XLT
>
>
>
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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 12:41:10 -0500
From: Paul Olson
Subject: FTE Small - Trailer wiring

I have a 95 Explorer that I am trying to wire for a trailer. I
Purchased one of the kits that plugs into the connector near the
driver's side tail light. I pluged it in but wasn't getting anything.
I looked in the book at the fuse panel and it gave a location for a
trailer fuse, but mine doesn't have any contacts to insert a fuse into.
Am I overlooking something? Any help would be great.

Thanks,
Paul





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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 18:02:07 -0700
From: KDRESSEL
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 93 Explorer Factory Amp

I would suggest calling the company whose head unit you plan to use. I
don't know for sure but this is just a suggestion.

Matt Dresselhaus
1986 ranger 4x4

manny loinaz wrote:
>
> For those of you who have installed after market
> radios,i need some info on the factory amp. I'm
> not sure if this amp can be used with an after market
> head unit. Local audio shops seem to have conflicting
> answers. I've been told to bypass the amp and use the
> head units amp. I've also been told that i can keep the
> factory amp if i use a harness which convert the output
> of the unit to signals that the factory amp can use.
> Any info on this subject will be appreciated.
>
> Thanks
>
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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 21:33:06 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Linda d' Fan"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - New to list, Unhappy Ranger owner

At 12:03 AM 6/29/98 -0500, you wrote:
>I've been told this can be caused by overheating of the engine
>(any engine & not just the 4.0). Have you ever had the cooling
>system checked?
>
>

Yes and the the truck has never overheated in the 8 years I've owned it.


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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 21:52:22 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: FTE Small - noisy 4th gear after clutch change

Forwarded: Nathan Heid

At 04:10 PM 6/26/98 -0400, you wrote:
> I just had the clutch replaced in my '87 Ranger 4 cyl/5-speed. Now I have
>a loud roaring/rattle in fourth gear while accelerating from 35-45 mph.
>The truck is normal in all other gears and at all other speeds and the
>transmission is full of the proper lube. any ideas?
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OK, here's the latest on this problem... The transmission shop that
installed
the clutch says that the noise is caused by wornout engine mounts. Sounds
logical,
but doesn't explain why this appeared after the clutch work.
How difficult is it to change the mounts on a 2.0 4 cyl.? Should I just
pay a
garage to do it? how much would I pay?

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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 21:51:13 -0500
From: "Parker Brooks"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Lights under the hood of a 98 explorer...

hey tom,

i believe that the switch you're referring too is for the anti-theft alarm.
i can't think of where i've seen it, but i think it's along a fender.


- -----Original Message-----
From: Tom Watson
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Saturday, June 27, 1998 8:20 AM
Subject: FTE Small - Lights under the hood of a 98 explorer...


>Having the nice new 98 Explorer for 6 months now, and I noticed that there
>wasn't any light under the hood (not that it needs it, I haven't had a
>"need"). But, in looking under the hood, I saw a hood operated switch
>to the side, and wondered... I asked a mechanic friend for some schematic
>of the wiring under the hood, and couldn't find either the switch, or
>any empty light socket.
>
>So, a couple of questions...
>1) What does the switch do?? It isn't related to the anti-theft stuff!
>2) Any clues as to how to wire up a light?? I understand that earlier
> year models had such an accessory.
>
>Thanks.
>--
>Tom Watson Generic short signature
>tsw johana.com (I'm at home now)
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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 21:58:12 -0500
From: "Parker Brooks"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Borla Exhaust Questions

the only decrease in fuel economy i can foresee is your right foot being
placed to the firewall one too many times. :)

let me know how you like it.
Parker

- -----Original Message-----
From: Ryan Tourge
To: Ranger mailing List ; Performance mailing
list
Date: Saturday, June 27, 1998 10:34 AM
Subject: FTE Small - Borla Exhaust Questions


>I am considering installing a Borla exhaust system on my '98 Ranger 3.0L.
>Should I expect a decrease in fuel economy?
>Is their anything else I need to do other then bolt it on? I assume the
>computer will take care of the rest.
>
>Thanks
>
>~
>Ryan Tourge rtourge superior.net
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> CC FFFFFF DD DD
> CCC CCC FFF DDD DD
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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 21:59:43 -0500
From: "Parker Brooks"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Borla Exhaust Questions

oh, and you might want to disconnect the battery while you're doing the
install. that way, the computer can "find new hardware" installed.

okay, kinda like that... maybe... OKAY... i don't know *sounding like moe
from simpson's*

- -----Original Message-----
From: Ryan Tourge
To: Ranger mailing List ; Performance mailing
list
Date: Saturday, June 27, 1998 10:34 AM
Subject: FTE Small - Borla Exhaust Questions


>I am considering installing a Borla exhaust system on my '98 Ranger 3.0L.
>Should I expect a decrease in fuel economy?
>Is their anything else I need to do other then bolt it on? I assume the
>computer will take care of the rest.
>
>Thanks
>
>~
>Ryan Tourge rtourge superior.net
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> CCCCCC FFFFFFFFF DDDDDD
> CCC CCC FFFFFFFF DD DD
> CC FFF DD DD
> CC FFFFFF DD DD
> CCC CCC FFF DDD DD
> CCCCCC FFF DDDDDDDD
>
> Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company
>-------------------------------------------
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>
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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 22:25:57 -0500
From: "Parker Brooks"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - AIR CONDITIONING WOES AND SHOCK QS

may want to see if tokico carries anything for you.


- -----Original Message-----
From: Luke Wells
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Saturday, June 27, 1998 2:15 PM
Subject: FTE Small - AIR CONDITIONING WOES AND SHOCK QS


>I have two questions but they are independent of each other. First I own
>
>a 96 splash 2.3L and i have had no problems out of it. But i do have one
>....


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